Meeting 914 – 27th April 2018 – The theme was Peace
Our Sergeant at Arms, Mark Glanville opened us up with the last post in respect of Anzac Day. Great way to open our meeting and in the utmost respect of Anzac Day on Wednesday.
Terrelle Hegarty our toastmaster, as expected, did a fantastic and entertaining job. In the spirit of Anzac Day, her theme of the day was “Peace”. Terrelle brightened up all our mornings and not just with her bright floral shirt!
Our grammarian for today was Denise Ford who again in the spirit of the day’s theme made the word of the day “Piece” and explained the many different ways it is used.
Dion Ebrahim introduced our first speaker Alana Bogart really well with a warm welcome for the first of our Canadian imported speakers.
Alana completed her icebreaker again with a very entertaining and descriptive speech about her hometown and how she won the local baking competition when she was only 13!
David Clarkson introduced our next Canadian Imported speaker, Natalie Perzylo, with all the energy and confidence we expect from him.
Natalie’s speech titled – My invisible life’s influences – told us the story of how she was destined to be a teacher from day dot and has loved teaching all over the world. She told us how it was a little ad in a Japanese paper that lead her to NZ. And how important it is to take all those little opportunities, as that’s what shaped her world.
John McVicar introduced our 3rd speaker, impressing us with his outstanding list of accomplishments for our surprise guest appearance.
Duncan Webb – was asked to talk “briefly” about speaking in parliament. He went on to say that he asks himself – Why am I speaking here? What is this particular speech for? What tone do I want to strike? Eg outrage – using extreme language etc. another tone might be more appropriate in which case he speaks more thoughtfully and measured.
He spoke about how the research is very important. Adding your own flavour, and not just using the research assistants work. Being open to change and being flexible as last-minute speeches can be dropped on him at any time.
Terrelle closed off the 1st half of the meeting with a great quote – Peace cannot be solved with force but with understanding. Albert Einstein.
Louise Landess, table topics master. Off the bat, she completely surprised the blogger with getting him up on stage asking him what Peace means to him. He waffled on about Christchurch/NZ being a pretty peaceful spot and to make the most of
Alana then told us what peace meant to her which was memories of her childhood in a hippy community and nudity…
Duncan then was asked about to bring his political spin on Queens birthday. But being a good politician he left us with the thought that NZ is a peaceful nation which should speak with a quiet but insistent voice.
Sandra Chatterton was then asked to tell us what her most vivid memories of war are? Where she told us about the memories of watching the war movies when she was very young and how horrific war truly is.
Sandra evaluated Alana’s speech. Loved how descriptive and entertaining it was. Likened the competition to the tv show the great British bake off.
Grant Beattie then evaluated Natalie’s speech. He enjoyed the speech. Loved the fake it till you make it phrase. Nat gave him the evaluation sheet with a clipboard making his evaluation. Natalie was very well prepared and spoke really well.
Sabine evaluated Duncan Webb. Commended him on his humour which is unusual for a politician! Great structure, work on and memorise your intro but we learnt a lot from your speech and thanks very much for coming to visit us.
Vijay Vellaisamy then provided some really good feedback for all those who spoke in the table topics.
Kevin Cusack was the timekeeper today and did a great job with the lights!
Hayden Coote was the general evaluator. Enjoyed the last post from Mark. Hayden gave great feedback on all the other speakers. Mixed in the commends and recommends really well to give an overall positive feedback.
Sandra Chatterton then gave the boaters bulletin. Congratulated David Clarkson on his performance at the recent competition. She also spoke about the new online pathways system and how flexible and how informative it is.
The meeting was wrapped up beautifully by Terrelle. With a quote from Mother Teresa. “Peace begins with a smile.”